El Prat airport expansion project in doubt

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The proposed expansion on El Prat airport in Barcelona is in doubt after details revealed it could damage the La Ricarda lagoon.

“The reform of the airport will have to be done in terms and conditions that are agreed in the Airport Master Plan. The Government will not endorse any proposal that destroys the La Ricarda lagoon,” said the spokesperson for the Generalitat, Patricia Plaja.

A political agreement greenlighting plans by Spanish airport manager AENA to expand the El Prat airport in Barcelona aims to increase passengers by up to 20 million passengers in the coming years.

However, the European Green Party said earlier it “rejects the expansion project, and we express our strongest opposition to an infrastructure model in complete contradiction with the Paris Agreement and with the European Green Deal’s climate objectives.”

Evelyne Huytebroeck, co-chair of the European Green Party, added, “The proposed airport expansion announced means continuing to support the future of our economy based on an outdated model. Continuing to exponentially increase air traffic in Europe takes us away from the goal of decarbonizing the European economy and of reaching the goal of a 55 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 as established by the European Climate Law. It is time to promote sustainable mobility alternatives such as train travel to allow a reduction in internal air routes where a suitable alternative exists.”

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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.


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